Category Archive: School Matters

Jul 07 2016

Extended School Year Update

Jake has completed two days of summer school as of my writing.  By the time I post, it will be three. As far as what he’s doing, he won’t really tell us.  All he’ll report is that he’s practicing working.  We ask him what kind of math he’s working on, and he tells us his …

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Jun 03 2016

Student Of The Month!

Jacob won Medway Middle School’s 8th grade student of the month for May!  He’s shown incredible growth in maturity, independence, and even his grades this year.  He is handling the upcoming thoughts of transition to high school well.  He’s actually excited!  His mother and I are super proud of him!  We think it’s well deserved. …

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Oct 09 2014

The Underwear Rule

I’ve been waiting for this: A simple, straightforward way to help kids stay safe from sexual abuse. One of the big fears of any parent is that your child will be sexually abused. It’s one of those things that you can’t get back. It causes irrevocable damage and can seriously impact future, otherwise healthy relationships.  …

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Oct 02 2013

Six Things To Consider When Creating A Sensory-Friendly Classroom

In our last discussion, we started talking about how sensory processing and dysfunction can ruin a kid’s day, and inhibit their ability to be successful in school (and life). There are lots of different ways to set up your classroom that will improve your students’ ability to feel safe, which will also increase their participation …

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Oct 01 2013

Success/Failure Balance

“Success begets success” I had a teacher once (Don Gnecco, pronounced like the wafer) who used to say that all the time.   It was his belief that if someone attempted something and was successful in that attempt, they would store away the feeling of having accomplished something, and would therefore be more willing to …

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Sep 19 2013

Helping Your Child With Autism Succeed In School

At the heart of autism is an expressive/receptive language disorder. Stereotypically, kids with autism have trouble expressing themselves, and trouble receiving the information given to them by others. This leads to kids who often feel anxious in new situations, and have trouble making friends. Here’s how you can help:

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Sep 15 2013

Autism Parents And Schools – On The Same Team

This may well have been titled – “Partnering With Schools.” Now that school’s back in session, many Autism Parents (the term I’ll use) are again turning their thoughts towards those semi-annual nightmares – IEPs. IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan.  This is the special doctrine or mandate that outlines in writing the expectations that parents, …

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Sep 03 2013

Back to School

Back to school. Doesn’t in evoke great memories? The smell of new reams of paper, freshly sharpened pencils, brand new sneakers … I love this time of year. It’s such a build up for kids, parents, and teachers. For us there’s an added layer; but that just means a little more prep.

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